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EED201J/101/3/2013

Tutorial letter 101/3/2013 Investigating English EED201J Semesters 1 & 2 Department of English Studies IMPORTANT
Tutorial letter 101/3/2013
Investigating English
EED201J
Semesters 1 & 2
Department of English Studies
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This Tutorial Letter contains important information
about your module.

CONTENTS

Page

1

INTRODUCTION

3

2

PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE

4

2.1

Purpose

4

2.2

Outcomes

4

3

LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS

5

3.1

Lecturer(s)

5

3.2

Department

6

3.3

University

6

4

MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES

7

4.1

Prescribed books

7

4.2

Recommended books

7

4.3

Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves)

7

5

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE

7

6

MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN

8

7

MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING

8

8

ASSESSMENT

8

8.1

Assessment plan

8

8.2

General assignment numbers

9

8.2.1

Unique assignment numbers

9

8.2.2

Due dates for assignments

9

8.3

Submission of assignments

9

8.4

Assignments

10

9

OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS

21

10

EXAMINATION

21

11

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

22

12

CONCLUSION

22

14

ADDENDUM

22

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INTRODUCTION

Dear Student

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We are pleased to welcome you to this module and hope that you will find it both interesting and rewarding. We shall do our best to make your study of this module successful. You will be well on your way to success if you start studying early in the semester and resolve to do the assignments properly.

Tuition for this module will be in the form of a Study Guide and tutorial letters. The Study Guide and tutorial letters will refer specifically to the prescribed texts, which you should buy as soon as possible. If you did your first level module, you will already have the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, which is one of the two prescribed books.

Please note that you DO need to buy the 8 th edition of this dictionary (not an earlier edition), as certain exercises have been set on it.

This tutorial letter (no. 101) contains important information about this module. It also presents the assignment topics for both semesters. If you read the entire tutorial letter carefully, you will ensure that misunderstandings do not occur later in the semester. If there are matters you are unsure of, you are welcome to contact us.

We would like to encourage you to use the myUnisa course site as often as you can. Try to interact with other students by becoming an active participant on the discussion forum. We will post announcements from time to time. Also be on the lookout for invitations to attend group discussion classes and satellite or video conferencing lectures. Information on these matters will be available on myUnisa and through tutorial letters.

Tutorial matter

You will receive a number of tutorial letters during the semester. A tutorial letter is our way of communicating with you about teaching, learning and assessment.

Right from the start we would like to point out that you must read all the tutorial letters you receive during the semester immediately and carefully, as they always contain important and, sometimes, urgent information.

Tutorial Letter 101 contains important information about the scheme of work, resources and assignments for this module. We urge you to read it carefully and to keep it at hand when working through the study material, preparing the assignments, preparing for the examination and addressing questions to your lecturers.

Please read Tutorial Letter 301 in combination with Tutorial Letter 101 as it gives you an idea of general important information when studying at a distance.

In Tutorial Letter 101, you will find the assignments and assessment criteria as well as instructions on the preparation and submission of the assignments. This tutorial letter also provides all the information you need with regard to the prescribed study material and other resources and how to obtain it. Please study this information carefully and make sure that you obtain the prescribed material as soon as possible.

We have also included certain general and administrative information about this module. Please study the following section of the tutorial letter carefully.

We hope that this semester proves to be a worthwhile and fruitful one for you. Please keep in touch with us and let us know how you are getting on.

Yours sincerely EED201J Teaching Team

2 PURPOSE OF AND OUTCOMES FOR THE MODULE

2.1 Purpose

The purpose of this module is to provide a framework for the systematic study of the English language. You have probably completed our first level module, English in Perspective, in which we aimed at giving you an overview of the English Language. In this module you will be exposed to an introduction to the study of the structure of the English language, the study of first and second language acquisition and also to English language learning in educational contexts.

2.2 Outcomes

The outcomes that we would like you to achieve in this module are the following:

Content Knowledge, where you are expected to:

demonstrate your understanding of some of the theoretical concepts involved in language study, such as the characteristics of human language, sound patterns, grammar, and aspects of meaning;

relate your understanding of these concepts to your knowledge of the English language;

demonstrate your understanding of the process of language acquisition and learning with specific reference to English.

Practical Skills, where we want you to:

use text mapping techniques to represent the information in a text;

develop the ability to observe, record, interpret and analyse samples of English language usage, with accuracy and attention to detail;

write in an appropriate academic register;

use academic conventions such as referencing, bibliographical techniques properly;

write short answers in carefully structured sentences and paragraphs.

Values and Attitudes, where you will have to:

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reflect on the multilingual nature of South African society;

demonstrate tolerance of variation in English usage within this multilingual society;

show that you value the importance of formal considerations in the study and use of language;

demonstrate flexibility in your approach to the use of traditional methods of grammatical analysis;

show that you recognise the importance of describing language with care, precision, using a methodical approach, and paying attention to detail.

3 LECTURER(S) AND CONTACT DETAILS

3.1 Lecturers

The lecturers responsible for this module are as follows:

Lecturer’s name:

Building and office number:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

Lecturer’s name:

Building and office number:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

Lecturer’s name:

Building and office number:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

Lecturer’s name:

Building and office number:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

Lecturer’s name:

Building and office number:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

Ms Vivienne Hlatshwayo Theo van Wijk 5-05 hlatsv@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 6145

Dr Felicity Horne Theo van Wijk 6-24 hornefj@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 6440

Dr Blandina Makina Theo van Wijk 6-24 makinb@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 6503

Ms Nomsa Zindela Theo van Wijk 6-03 zindenc@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 6208

Ms Princess Bembe Theo van Wijk 6-16 bembemp@unisa.ac.za +27 12 429 2915

3.2

Department

Department of English Studies UNISA

P O Box 392

UNISA

0003

The Department of English Studies, Theo van Wijk Building 6-04, Muckleneuk Campus Tel. (012) 429 6714 (Office of the Chair of the Department)

Tel. (012) 429 6263 (Administrative Officer for the module EED201J)

Note that all study material is available and can be downloaded from myUnisa.

3.3 University Website: www.unisa.ac.za Mobi: http://mobi.unisa.ac.za myUnisa: http://my.unisa.ac.za

Once you are registered as a Unisa student, you can download your study material and submit your assignments online. You can also access certain information such as your academic record, cancellation requests and study fee balances.

Please send individual enquiries to the different e-mail accounts to avoid delays in response and always include your student number in the subject line.

E-mail addresses:

assign@unisa.ac.za for assignment enquiries

exams@unisa.ac.za for examination enquiries

despatch@unisa.ac.za for study material enquiries

finan@unisa.ac.za for student account enquiries

gaudeamus@unisa.ac.za for graduation enquiries

myUnisaHelp@unisa.ac.za for assistance with myUnisa

myLifeHelp@unisa.ac.za for assistance with myLife e-mail accounts

SMS numbers:

The SMS numbers are only for students residing in South Africa. International students are urged to make use of the e-mail address info@unisa.ac.za.

43578 for applications and registrations

43584 for assignments

43584 for examinations

43579 for study material

31954 for student accounts

43582 for myUnisa and myLife

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4 MODULE-RELATED RESOURCES

4.1 Prescribed books

Your prescribed textbooks for this module are:

(1)

Hornby, A.S. Ed. 2010. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary- International Student’s Edition. 8 th edition: Oxford University Press.

Please note: make sure you buy the 8 th edition of this dictionary and not an earlier one.

(2)

Heinemann, G. 2004. Investigating English. Pretoria: John Povey Press (reprinted by Unisa Press 2009).

Please note: this textbook is only available at Unisa Press. To order the book simply complete the order form at the back of this letter and fax it to Unisa Press.

4.2 Recommended books

There are no recommended books for this module.

4.3 Electronic Reserves (e-Reserves)

Recommended material can be downloaded from the library’s catalogue at http://oasis.unisa.ac.za. Under search options, click on course code search and type in your course code, e.g. EED201J. Click on the electronic reserves for the current year. The recommended articles are available in PDF (portable document format). The adobe reader should be loaded on your computer so that you can view or print scanned PDF documents. This can be done free of charge at http://www.adobe.com

Additional journal articles

The preferred way of requesting journal articles is online via the library’s catalogue. Go to http://oasis.unisa.ac.za or via myUnisa, go to http://my.unisa.ac.za > Login > Library > Library catalogue, or for mobile access (AirPAC), go to http://oasis.unisa.ac.za/airpac

5 STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE MODULE

Important information appears in your myStudies@Unisa brochure.

5.1 Discussion classes

You will be informed by tutorial letter and/or myUnisa announcement if discussion classes are to be held.

5.2 Videoconferencing and satellite broadcasts

You will be informed if these take place.

5.3

Contact with fellow students

Study groups: It can be very helpful to have contact with fellow students. One way to do this is to form study groups. The addresses of students in your area may be obtained from the following department:

Directorate: Student Admissions and Registration P O Box 392 UNISA

0003

6 MODULE-SPECIFIC STUDY PLAN

Use your myStudies@Unisa brochure for general time management and planning skills. Your work schedule for this specific module is set out in the tables below.

Assignment

Due date

Status

SEMESTER 1

Semester 1 Assignment 01

8 April 2013

Compulsory

for

exam

admission.

Semester 1 Assignment 02

19

April 2013

Compulsory

SEMESTER 2

Semester 2 Assignment 01

13

September 2013

Compulsory

for

exam

 

admission.

Semester 2 Assignment 02

27

September 2013

Compulsory.

We urge you to attempt the activities/exercises in the Study Guide. It is our experience that those students who do the most work during the year, fare best in the examination. Remember that every section of the work is examinable.

7 MODULE PRACTICAL WORK AND WORK-INTEGRATED LEARNING

There are no practicals for this module.

8 ASSESSMENT

8.1 Assessment plan

If you submit Assignment 01 by the due date, you will be admitted to the examination. The mark you receive in the examination counts 75% of your final mark. The other 25% is based on the average of the marks you receive for Assignments 01 and 02. You will see from this system that assignment marks count directly towards your final mark.

This module contains the same assignments for first and second semesters. Make sure you use the correct Unique Numbers. for the semester you are registered for (see 8.2.1 below). Both assignments are COMPULSORY.

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8.2 General assignment numbers

Assignments are numbered consecutively per module, starting from 01.

8.2.1 Unique assignment numbers

Semester 1: Assignment 01

775769

Semester 1: Assignment 02

724059

Semester 2: Assignment 01

849050

Semester 2: Assignment 02

730702

8.2.2 Due dates for assignments

The closing dates for the submission of the assignments are:

Assignment 01:

Assignment 02:

Assignment 01:

Assignment 02:

8 April 2013: for the first semester 19 April 2013: for the first semester

13 September 2013: for the second semester 27 September 2013: for the second semester

8.3 Submission of assignments

Please note that you cannot submit an assignment directly to the lecturer concerned. The university follows a specific system. There are two ways in which Unisa students can submit their assignments. The first one is to submit your assignment through the post; that is you post it in the Unisa assignment boxes found in all Unisa centres or you post it at the post office. The assignment will be sent to the Assignments Section where it will be received and allocated a batch number. The second method of submitting your assignments is to via myUnisa. Follow instructions on myUnisa on how to submit your assignment online.

Please note that we cannot grant extensions on assignments. If you cannot submit your assignment on time, it would be advisable for you to transfer your registration to the next semester.

Plagiarism

An assignment is designed to be a product of your own study and your own thought. It is not intended to be a piece of work which merely reproduces details, information or ideas from a study guide, from books or articles, or from the Internet.

If you do this, you commit plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of copying word for word with or without acknowledgment from study sources (e.g. books, articles, the Internet). In other words, you must submit your own ideas in your own words, sometimes interspersing relevant short quotations that are properly referenced.

Note that you also commit plagiarism if you copy the assignment of another student. We do encourage you to work together and form study groups, but you are expected to prepare and submit your own assignments.

When we receive two or more identical assignments, we are not able to work out who copied from whom. We will therefore penalise both students.

If you commit plagiarism you will be penalised and given no marks for your assignment.

This will affect your year mark.

Furthermore, you may be penalised or subjected to disciplinary proceedings by the University. Plagiarism is also an offence in terms of the law.

A Signed Declaration

Every assignment we receive must include the declaration form attached at the end of this Tutorial Letter:

8.4 Assignments

ASSIGNMENT 01 FOR SEMESTERS 1 AND 2

SEMESTER 1:

ASS. 01:

DUE DATE:

8 APRIL 2013:

UNIQUE NO.

775769

(COMPULSORY)

 

SEMESTER 2:

ASS. 01:

DUE DATE:

13 SEPTEMBER 2013:

UNIQUE NO.

849050 (COMPULSORY)

This is a written assignment. Several questions make up this assignment. Use the official answer paper supplied with your study material to answer these questions. Number the questions properly and clearly. Where you have written longer answers, make sure the grammar, expression and general use of the English language is conventional and correct. Remember poor grammar, expression and presentation can affect the way your work is perceived by the marker.

Questions 1 to 5 are based on Chapter 1 of the prescribed textbook, Investigating English.

1. List four properties of language unique to human communication.

(4)

2. Which form of communication is regarded as the primary focus in the study of language?

(1)

3. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be”, Shakespeare advised, but over the course of its history, the English language has paid no heed to such advice. Which of the following options is not of English origin?

a) write

b) cultural

c) arbitrariness

d) inter alia

(1)

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4.

Which linguist is associated with the theory of the linguistic sign as a two-sided entity?

a)

Sapir Whorf

b)

Ferdinand de Saussure

c)

Naom Chomsky

d)

Stephen Krashen

(1)

5.

In which branch of language study is there a relationship between the symbols used and the sounds of the language?

 

(1)

Questions 6 to 14 are based on Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of the prescribed book.

6.

What is the difference between consonants and vowels?

(2)

7.

Which of the following sounds (in bold) is a voiced alveolar stop in English?

a)

Shock

b)

Duck

c)

School

d)

deepen

(1)

8.

Which of the following words ends with a voiced consonant?

a)

President

b)

Priced

c)

Shoot

d)

Chance

(1)

9.

Minimal pairs are pairs of words from a language with the same form in all respects except for one sound in each. Give two examples of pairs of such words.

(2)

10.

What is the term for two words (lexemes) that have the same meaning?

(2)

11.

Explain the meaning of the word ‘homophone’ and give one example.

(3)

For each of the words or phrases in questions 12 to 13, suggest a word or phrase that could be confused with it if the word boundaries were to be arranged differently.

(2)

12.

An ice bucket/

13.

Why choose/

14.

Name the word-formation process used in the word in bold in the following sentence:

ASA (Academic Staff Association) has not succeeded in its fight to get the 11% increment for all employees.

a)

abbreviation

b)

blending

c)

acronym

d)

compounding

(1)

15.

How many syllables make up the word ‘interest’?

(1)

Questions 16 to 21 are based on Chapter 5 of the prescribed book.

16. There are different types of grammar, descriptive grammar being one of them. List the other three types of grammar.

(3)

17. In your own words, explain the meaning of one of the types of grammar named in Question 16.

(3)

18. What is the difference between form and function in a sentence?

(4)

In each of the sentences below (questions 19-20), the word take is used as a member of different word classes. Identify the word class to which it belongs in each case.

(3)

19. Mr President, what is your take on this matter?

20. They take things for granted, which is why they landed in trouble.

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Questions 21 and 23 deal with lexical relations.

Identify the lexical relations between the pairs of words in the questions below. Base your answer on the information given in the dictionary.

(2)

21. can =

I can jump higher than this.

can = They can fruit for commercial purposes.

22. Explain the difference between synonyms and antonyms.

(4)

23. The written form ‘bow’ can be pronounced in two different ways, with two different meanings. Write down the two different meanings.

(4)

Questions 24 to 25 are based on Chapter 8 and 9 of the prescribed book.

24. Children acquiring English as a first language have tendency to use the regular rules for irregular verbs/words. For instance they will use the past tense morpheme –ed like this:

putted’ instead of ‘put’ ’ for the past tense form.

Which term is used to describe this tendency?

(2)

25. Several theories have put forward to explain the acquisition of language by babies and young children. Which of these theories suggests that all human beings are born with the capacity for language development?

(2)

MARKS: 50x2= 100

PLAGIARISM DECLARATION FORM

Name:

Student No.:

Module code:

Assignment no.

EED201J/101

I declare that this assignment is my own work and that all sources quoted have been acknowledged by appropriate references.

Signature:

Date:

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ASSIGNMENT 02 FOR SEMESTERS 1 AND 2:

SEMESTER 1:

ASS. 02:

DUE DATE:

19 APRIL 2013:

UNIQUE NO. 724059

(COMPULSORY)

 

SEMESTER 2:

ASS. 02:

DUE DATE:

27 SEPTEMBER 2013:

UNIQUE NO.

730702 (COMPULSORY)

This is a written assignment. Several questions make up this assignment. Use the official answer paper supplied with your study material to answer these questions. Number them properly and clearly. Where you have written an essay, make sure the grammar, expression and general use of the English language is conventional and correct. Remember poor grammar, expression and presentation can affect the way your writing is perceived by the marker.

Question 1: First language acquisition

In one to two pages, discuss the 'imitation' and 'cognition' theories of first language acquisition. How can claims of these two theories be applied to the stages of language development of a child?

(25)

Question 2: A system of signs for human communication

Transactional communication and interactional communication are different forms of communication. In one page, critically discuss these forms and provide relevant examples.

Question 3: Phonetics & phonology

(20)

From the list below, select the words that fit the description that follow. Remember to listen to the sound of the word, and do not be influenced by the spelling. Refer to your dictionary if you are not sure of the pronunciation.

Love, pressure, fusion, chasm, pigeon deafen, thatcher, gin, reason, moon, shark, push, rich, heaven, very, father, rewind, tick, one, potter

(a)

Voiceless velar stop at the end of the word

(b)

Voiced dental fricative in the middle of the word

(c)

Voiced alveopalatal affricate at the beginning of the word

(d)

Voiceless alveolar stop in the middle of the word

(e)

Voiced bilabial glide at the beginning of the word

(10)

Question 4: Words and word formation

The words in the list below have been divided into their constituent morphemes (the morphemes of which they are composed). In each case, identify the free and the bound morphemes.

(a)

dreadful:

dread + ful

(b)

oranges:

orange + s

(c)

unhappy:

un + happy

(d)

partly:

part + ly

(e)

insensitive:

in + sensitive

 

(10)

Question 5: Meaning

In one paragraph, describe the relationship between reference and sense.

 

(10)

Question 6: Learning English

In one page, give a detailed discussion in which you show the strengths and weaknesses of the communicative approach. Quote at least two sources on this method.

(25)

Total Marks: 100

PLAGIARISM DECLARATION FORM

Name:

Student No.:

Module code:

Assignment no.

EED201J/101

I declare that this assignment is my own work and that all sources quoted have been acknowledged by appropriate references.

Signature:

Date:

9 OTHER ASSESSMENT METHODS

None.

10 EXAMINATION

10.1 EXAMINATION ADMISSION

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To be admitted to the examination for this module, you have to submit Assignment 01. The mark you receive in the examination counts 75% of your final mark. The other 25% is made up of the average mark you obtain for both Assignment 01 and 02. You will see from this system that assignments marks count directly towards your final mark.

10.2 How will this work in practice?

NB: A subminimum of 40% is required in the examination. If you obtain a mark below this, your semester mark will not be considered, and you will fail the examination. In order to qualify to write the SUPPLEMENTARY examination you need a subminimum of 40% in the final examination. Semester marks are not taken into consideration in supplementary examination results.

10.3 Examination period

EED201J is a semester module in 2013. This means that the examinations will be written during the May/June and the October/November examination periods of 2013.

10.4 Examination duration

The exam paper for this module is a normal two-hour paper.

10.5 Previous examination papers

Previous examination papers are available on myUnisa. Visit your course site to access these papers.

10.6 Tutorial letter with information on the examination

To help you in your preparation for the examination, you will receive a tutorial letter that will explain the format of the examination paper, give you examples of questions you may expect, and set out clearly the nature of the materials you have to study for examination purposes.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. The prescribed textbook is not available in any book shop. Where is it sold?

Answer: Unisa Press situated on the Sales Section, Sunnyside Campus in Pretoria.

2. How do I purchase the prescribed book since it is only available at Unisa which is too far from my place of residence?

Answer: complete the order form provided below and fax it through to the fax number provided.

12 CONCLUSION

Remember to increase the level of your awareness of language use, and allow your interests to develop as you continue with the module.

Good luck.

13 ADDENDUM

Order form for the book Investigating English.

ORDER FORM

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TO: The Business Section, Unisa Press, PO Box 392, UNISA, 0003 FAX NO: (012) 429-3449 /REFERENCE TEL NOS: (012) 429-3515 / (012) 429-2976 / (012) 429-3448/ (012) 429-3368 / (012) 429-2953 NB: Please note that the University no longer banks with ABSA bank. The new bank is Standard bank, see bank account details below

PRICE: (PUBLICATION IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY, AND PRICE MAY INCREASE)

Please send me the following Unisa publication:

INVESTIGATING ENGLISH (ITEM NO 8038 )

SA price:

Overseas prices:

Other countries in Africa: R 101.00

R82.00

(VAT AND POSTAGE INCLUDED)

US$17.00

; UK£11.00;

€14.00

(all these prices INCLUDE AIRMAIL)

STUDENT NO: TEL NO: Name: Address: Postal code
STUDENT NO:
TEL NO:
Name:
Address:
Postal code

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Choose between the following 5 options (indicate with an “x”)

1(a)

Direct Payment for South African students: Banking details as follows: Standard Bank, Sunnyside, Type of Account: Deposit; Name of Account: UNISA Student deposits; Account No: 096R. Branch Code: 010645. For reference on the Bank deposit slip, please print your student No, space and the allocation No 5400380438 on the deposit slip and fax deposit slip to (012) 429-3449. This is an example of the Reference on the Bank deposit slip:

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6

0

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8

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3 6 0 5 8 4 3 5 4 0 0 3 8 0 4 3

5

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0

0

3

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0

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1(b)

Direct Payment for Foreign students:

Please contact Unisa Press at 012 429 3448 / 2976

e-mail: Thearl@unisa.ac.za).

2

Postal order for R

,

made payable to Unisa, is attached

3

My Unisa study fees account has been paid in full AND has a credit available that will cover the cost of this order. I therefore authorise Unisa Press to debit my study fees account with the amount owing (not applicable for NFSAS students).

4

NFSAS students

Signed

Date

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